|Typically Open:||Year Round|
|Highest Elevation:||3030 feet|
|Duration:||About 20 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Barstow|
|Official Road Name:||CM7632|
|Management Agency:||BLM - Barstow Field Office|
Tin Can Alley is a non-technical trail that connects Mule Canyon to the Odessa / Doran Loop. As the trail cuts through a large valley, you will see a short canyon, miles of sandy road and gradual gravel assent and descent to the canyons ahead. During the mining era all of the trash, which was mostly comprised of tin cans, was dumped on this road. Clean up efforts over the years have removed the majority of the trash. When you first enter the trail from the east the remnants can still be seen on the left.
Dirt road. Dry, or less than 3" water crossing depth. Some ruts. Slight grades, up to 10 degrees. 2WD under most conditions. Rain or snow may make 4WD necessary. Usually one and a half to two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
|Summer:||Trail is usually dry and dusty.|
|Fall:||Trail is usually dry and dusty.|
|Winter:||Trail is usually dry and dusty.|
If you are driving north on Mule Canyon, the trailhead for Tin Can Alley is on your left hand side. There is a good sized rock at the intersection. Once you have made the turn, 50 yards ahead on the left, are remnants of the old tin can dump. Back in the mining days, locals would dump their trash in this short canyon.
As you come out of the canyon for the next 3/4 of a mile there are three different trails that fork to the right. Take the left fork all three times. As you drive on, you will still see BLM marker signs for CM7632.
On the left you will merge with a larger road. This road is a shortcut back to Mule Canyon. Most people never travel on the first half of Tin Can Alley. They normally take the shortcut and merge onto it here.
This is a great place to get a good vantage point of the valley behind you. This valley is used a lot by long range shooters. In the morning, before the winds pick up, you can watch shooters hone their skills by shooting across the valley.
Straight ahead you will get your first glimpse of Odessa and Doran Canyons. From here you can also see the town of Barstow in the distance.
This is the end of Tin Can Alley. To the left is the Doran / Odessa Loop. There are a lot of trails and mines in this area. The road to the right takes you towards Calico Peak. This is home to large antennas that can be seen from most of the Calico area.
Starting Point: Yermo